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General Submission Rules

Submitted articles cannot have been previously published, nor be forthcoming in an archival journal or book (print or electronic). Please note: "publication" in a working-paper series does not constitute prior publication. In addition, by submitting material to The Proceedings of the BIRS Community, the author is stipulating that the material is not currently under review at another journal (electronic or print) and that he or she will not submit the material to another journal (electronic or print) until the completion of the editorial decision process at The Proceedings of the BIRS Community. If you have concerns about the submission terms for The Proceedings of the BIRS Community, please contact the editors.

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Ethical Standards and Misconduct Policy

Responsibilities of Editors

The Proceedings of the BIRS Community editors will

  • Not discriminate on the basis of gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religious or political beliefs, or ethnic or geographical origin of the authors.
  • Strictly preserve the anonymity of peer reviewers.
  • Reject or accept no article where they have a conflict of interest.
  • Review submissions for plagiarism using iThenticate software.
  • Follow reasonable procedures in the event of complaints of an ethical or conflict nature, in accordance with the policies below.

Responsibilities of Peer Reviewers

Peer reviewers will
  • Assess the submission objectively and in a timely fashion, conforming to our 21 day window for reviews.
  • Maintain the confidentiality of the submission and any correspondence regarding the review; and will not retain, copy, or distribute the paper under consideration.
  • Alert the editors to any published or submitted content that is substantially similar to that under review.
  • Be aware of any potential conflicts of interest (financial, institutional, collaborative, or other relationships between the reviewer and author) and alert the editor to these, if necessary withdrawing their services for that manuscript.

Responsibilities of Authors

Authors will
  • Participate in the peer review process, in a timely fashion.
  • Warrant that all authors listed have contributed significantly to the research.
  • Acknowledge and cite content reproduced from other sources, and obtain permission to reproduce any content from other sources.
  • Promptly notify the journal editor or publisher if a significant error in their publication is found.
  • Declare any potential conflicts of interest.

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Open access

Open access publishing is critical to meet the goals of the BIRS center’s mission. The Proceedings of the BIRS Community does not charge fees to authors or readers. As further described in our Submission Agreement, in consideration for publication of the article, the authors retain copyright of their work but grant a non-exclusive license to Purdue University to publish their work. All works are published under a CC BY-NC-SA 4.0 license. Under this license, anyone is free to share, copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format; and, to adapt, remix, transform, or build upon the material. Reuse is subject to the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.
  • NonCommercial — You may not use the material for commercial purposes.
  • ShareAlike — If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

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Rights for Authors

As further described in our submission agreement (the Submission Agreement), in consideration for publication of the article, all authors retain copyright of their work but grant a non-exclusive license to Purdue University to publish their work.

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